- By Laurel J. Kelly
Consumer Health Tips: World No Tobacco Day
Quit smoking: Strategies to help you quit
Today is World No Tobacco Day, an initiative of the World Health Organization and partners to educate on the health risks of tobacco use and advocate for reducing tobacco consumption. You may know that smokers have much higher rates of heart disease, stroke and cancer than nonsmokers, but you also may have tried to quit in the past without success. Here are some proven, practical strategies that can help you achieve your goal to quit smoking.
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MS: Symptoms and causes
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause the nerves to deteriorate or become permanently damaged. Learn more about the symptoms and causes of MS.
Video: Squat exercise
The squat is a body resistance exercise that works the leg muscles. Specifically, the squat targets the quadriceps and hamstring muscles. Strengthening these muscles can help protect your knees and boost your performance in a variety of sports. Watch this short video on the correct form to avoid injury and get maximum results.
What causes hiccups?
For most people, a bout of hiccups is an annoyance that lasts only a few minutes. Rarely, hiccups may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition and can persist for months. Find out what causes hiccups and when to seek medical care.
Fetal alcohol syndrome: Symptoms and causes
Fetal alcohol syndrome is a condition in a child that results from alcohol exposure during the mother's pregnancy. This exposure causes brain damage and growth problems. If you suspect your child has fetal alcohol syndrome, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis may help to reduce problems, such as learning difficulties and behavioral issues. Here's what you should know.